It was a pleasant surprise for the Dhaka audience on Sunday evening as the Mumbai-based playback and ghazal singer Mitali Mukherjee commenced her solo show at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy presenting Rabindra Sangeet Purano sei diner katha bhulbi kire as her expression of love to the people of Bangladesh whom she considers as ‘Baper Barir Manush’ or the neighbours of the parental house.
The Bangladesh-born singer, who settled in India following her marriage with the celebrated Indian singer Bhupinder Singh in 1983, in the show tiled ‘Gane Gane Mitali’ selected songs, which made her popular at the initial stage of her career in Bangladesh and also some sentimental songs representing loneliness or urge to reunite.
She also mentioned the names of the lyrists and composers of those songs acknowledging their contributions during the beginning of her career.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy organised the show to honour the Bangladesh-born singer, who earned fame in India presenting ‘aesthetically rich songs during the past few decades’, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy director general Liaquat Ali Lucky told New Age after the show. Cultural affairs minister Asaduzzaman Noor was also present at the programme.
Thanking the academy for honouring her, Mitali, however at the beginning, said with her emotional voice that she would try to make the show memorable one by presenting her ‘golden treasures’.
She kept her promise rendering one after another unique playbacks and adhunik (contemporary) songs.
Following the Tagore’s sentimental song Purano sei diner katha, she rendered Alauddin Ali’s song Harano diner moto hariye gechho tumi. The soprano’s emotional voice modulation while rendering the sentimental melodious song representing melancholy of a lonely soul could touch hearts of the hall-full audience.
Subsequently, she presented another melodious song Ogo sagor chhotto e chithi niye bheshe jao.
The audience gave a big round of applause as the singer started singing Ei duniya ekhon to aar sei duniya nai, a playback of Dui Poisar Alta (1982), rendering which Mitali won Bangladesh National Film Award. She expressed her gratitude to the ailing musician Alauddin Ali, rendering whose songs she became very popular at the beginning of her career.
While rendering the song Sukh pakhire pinjira to khule dili na, written by Mohammad Rafiquzzamana and composed by Anup Bhattacharya, Mitali said it was the first song that gave her nationwide popularity in the late 1970s.
Encored by the audience, Mitali rendered Jiban namer railgarita, Tumar chandana mor-e gechhe and Bhalobasha jato baro.
Paying tribute to the language movement veterans, Mitali presented a medley of two very popular songs glorifying Bangla language Amar bhaiyer rakte rangano ekushey February and Moder garob moder asha. She also recited four lines of Shamsur Rahman’s poem Bangla bhasha uccharito hole.
She became emotional while sharing background story of the song Keno asha bedhe rakhi, written by her brother Pradip Mukherjee and composed by the singer in memory of her demised brother Dipak, who she said, had great contributions in developing Mitali’s career as a singer.
She made the audience members render with her the romantic song Jetuku samay tumi thako kachhe, a very popular duet that she recorded with her husband Bhupinder.
Mitali explained her logic of staying in India saying ‘a married woman needs to stay in in-law’s home but always remembers her own relatives’ before rendering another song written and composed by her titled Ami Bombey thaklam. The song based on a popular folk song glorified enthusiasm of Bangladeshi audience and urges them not to forget the singer.
The more surprise was waiting for the audience members as Mutali, who usually renders songs sitting on stage, stood up and danced with the rhythm of dhol while rendering another medley of popular Bangla, Hindi and Sindh songs including Sohag chand bodoni dhwani nacho to dekhi, Ghungru tut gaye and Dhama dham mast kalander to wrap up the show.
The delighted audience members left the hall with great experience of sweet melodies from the golden treasures of Mitali.
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